Curious Shiraz 2013

Region: South Eastern Australia
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: 14%
Best Consumed: 2013 - 2017
Cellaring: yes medium term

Deep purple in colour, with an intense aroma of dark fruits and spice, the 2013 Curious Shiraz expresses true varietal character.  With subtly integrated American Oak balanced with ripe plums and blackberries, this wine has excellent structure and length.  Secondary aromas of chocolate and spice add intrigue and complexity to the wine with soft tannins creating a supple and smooth wine with impressive length.

Viticulturist Notes

The grapes for this Shiraz were picked and crushed during the cool of night, thus ensuring the retention of varietal character, while modern winemaking techniques were employed throughout.  Fermentation took place in sweeping arm red fermenters, giving the wine a denser, richer colour and allowing for gentle flavour extraction.  Softer tannins are also a result of this process.   Careful attention was also paid to the oak selection for the Shiraz. This wine was aged on American oak for approximately 8 months, giving the wine a noticeable, but not an excessive oak influence. The inclusion of some central Victorian fruit into the blend has boosted both the colour and the intensity of flavour.

Wine Harvest Notes

The highly anticipated 2013 vintage has produced some excellent wines with beautiful balance and length of flavour.  The harvest was short and fast with whites and reds ripening early in the season, and good Autumnal weather to follow.  Overall the quality is remarkable, and the resulting wines will live on for many years to come.


Food Recommendations:

Try this wine with a hearty char grilled steak, or a rich, spicy tomato based pasta dish such as Spaghetti Bolognaise or Lasagne.